The next plug-in hybrid model from Audi, which is going to be exhibited in Shanghai, is the A6 L e-tron. This car isn't a concept but the German company is actually trying to make the next step toward greater fuel efficiency in China. And for this reason, this sedan has been developed for the Chinese market only.
The model is powered by a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder, gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. The first power source delivers 211 hp (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, while the second provides 124 hp (91 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. This ends up in a total system output of 245 hp (180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels via eight-speed tiptronic transmission.
Despite these numbers, the vehicle needs only 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (107 US mpg) and emits 52 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In addition, it is also capable of accelerating very fast: the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h happens in just 8.4 seconds. The top speed is limited to 210 km/h (131 mph).
On electric energy alone, this car is capable of covering 31 miles (50 km), while the total range is 880 kilometers (547 miles). The energy is supported via the 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery which needs about eight hours to be fully recharged.
Inside, the driver will benefit from a powermeter in the instrument cluster. It displays the total system output, monitors the navigation and shows the energy in the hybrid system as well as the range, fuel consumption figures, etc.
But how can we differentiate the ordinary A6 from the hybrid? Well, there are a bunch of visual characteristics like the 18-inch alloys with specific e-tron design, the LED light guides, the e-tron badges on the fenders and the trunk lid, and the diffuser that hides the tailpipes of the exhaust system. Everything else is identical with the standard A6. However, I would choose the lower fuel consumption. How about you?
Audi A6L e-tron will be available in Chinese dealerships next year.